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Alta Strada Mosaic, Fairfax, VA

Alta Strada Mosaic

4.0
4
970 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Alta Strada by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow was born from the simple wish to share great ingredients, honored flavors, and a warm welcome with neighbors and friends. Always expect housemade pasta, authentic Italian classics, and great reds (cocktails too)—all enjoyed in our dining rooms, patio spaces, or in the comfort of your own home. Located in the heart of Fairfax Virginia's bustling Mosaic District, with a spacious patio on the Strawberry Park green.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watson

  • Catering

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about catering please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Private party facilities

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about events please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Cross street

    Strawberry Lane and District Ave

  • Parking details

    Ample free street and garage parking.

  • Public transit

    Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station is 1 mile away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Daily Happy Hour is Back! (4-6pm)

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Enjoy a DAILY happy hour from 4 - 6pm featuring daily specials on cocktails, beer and wine, as well as popular Alta Strada appetizers, such as Nonna's meatballs, Calamari Fritti, Prosciutto di Parma and so much more!

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What 970 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. R

    Roberto

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Has always been a good go-to Italian restaurant. With its new and improved menu, I have to up its rating to outstanding. Well done!
  2. JS

    JenS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food. The wine is priced on the high side per glass, but otherwise no complaints!

    Alta Strada MosaicResponded 4 days agoHi Jen. Thank you so much for your kind review! We hope to see you again soon. - The Alta Strada Family

  3. AS

    ArthurS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We live next door to Alta Strada and have been there a number of times. When I made the reservation (seven adults one 9 year old) I told them that this was a birthday celebration for six of us who had birthdays that week. The big one (we had balloons and a cake) was my wife’s 70th birthday. I called in advance, told the manager of our upcoming celebration and asked for a particular table. I was told “no problem“. Yet, we were seated in a completely different area. Kenny was our server. He was wonderful; but he was somewhat unsure of the menu and and other things since it was only his second day working at the restaurant. I don’t understand why you would assign a rookie to a large party, particularly one that chose your restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. But, his service was fine. Our food was good. But I must say, the portions are getting smaller and smaller. And through (I believe) no fault of our server, my wife’s meal was missed and ended up coming out significantly after ours were served. Finally, knowing that the restaurant management (that I had spoken to) was on site, and with balloons high in the air to show where we were sitting, how is it that no one other than our gracious server Kenny stopped by to wish us well and ask how things were. I’m sure we’ll eat at the restaurant again, but we’ll plan all our special event get togethers elsewhere.
  4. CP

    CherylP

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff service and food. Great ambience. Quiet for how many people are in the general area (we ate outside).
  5. E

    Edwin

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Food was heavy handed with the salt. Chicken Parm was burnt, tough to chew.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    We experienced 3 course prefix menu which is $40 but they charged over $40. The meals we chose from the fixed menu were extra. I don't understand what's the point of making a fixed menu if I'm going to pay extra money? Even though we were the only table in the restaurant, the service was slow and poor. The pasta we ordered did not come. The calamari was very salty.
  7. LK

    LisaK

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back
  8. SD

    StephanieD

    Fargo

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Everything was pretty much fine except we went for an 8:45 reservation, showed at 8:30, and it was still like they were trying to push us out. Considering it was showing reservations as late as 9, I’m not sure why there was such a big rush, and there were still plenty of diners there when we left. It was alright. The food definitely wasn’t worth the cost, and the service would keep me from going back.
  9. AS

    ArthurS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    This was our first time at Alta Strada Mosaic. We ordered the Caesar Salad (very good), Calamari (disappointing-rubbery and the breading was barely on any of the pieces), Salmon (Delicious-but the center was close to raw), Tagliatelle Bolognese (Fabulous). My wife had wine with dinner and I ordered a martini. My martini was perfect but it was a very small pour. It came in a small martini glass and it barely came up halfway. We couldn’t understand why service was slow (which unfortunately, it was). There seemed to plenty of staff. Yet, after we ordered and received our drinks, it was quite a while before our server returned to take our food order. All in all, we like the restaurant. If the issues that I mentioned were fixed, we’d love it.
  10. AC

    AngCue

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. The service was even better. Great atmosphere as well.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    If I could give this zero stars I would! The food was absolutely disgusting and the service was beyond slow. The calamari was not crispy and didn’t taste fresh, the meatball appetizer was tiny and flavorless, the raviolis were small and the amount was not very many for an expensive dish, the chicken parm was way over cooked and the sauce was much too sweet, the tiramisu looked like it was slapped on the plate with disregard, and the panna cotta turned into a soupy mess after just one bite. We were wholly disappointed with the entire experience and will definitely not be coming back and wasting our money on fast food level quality food that is a disgrace to authentic italian food! Avoid this place at all costs, you’ll be thoroughly disappointed, that’s the only guarantee this place has to offer!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant!!
  13. b

    betht

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited during restaurant week. Food was good, service was impeccable!! Great opportunity to try new food offerings!
  14. N

    Norman

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The workers seemed indifferent although the restaurant layout itself was nice to the eye. The food is overpriced for its quality. I paid $20 for a pizza that was around the same quality as Dominoes, should have been in $10-$15 range.
  15. M

    Mrsshoes

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience4
    Had reservations for a Wednesday evening at 5:30, but had to change them to 6:30. Arrived and weren’t offered choice of inside or out even though there were plenty of tables. Restaurant was not busy but server kept telling us kitchen was busy which was reason for delays. The menu is much smaller than what is visible online (and no we didnt do restaurant week). Had to ask and wait for water refills. And honestly the food was just eh. Had 3 appetizers and 4 entrees. No alcohol. With tip bill was $199. Ive honestly eaten better Italian at a chain Italian restaurant. Very disappointed. Oh and it was my birthday. No one said a thing. Not. A. Word.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    While the waitress was awesome, it seemed she had no choice but to rush us because management/owners are all about the numbers. We were not the only ones that had their entree out before we could get halfway through appetizers and the same for dessert. A lot of hidden charges on their menu. Read the small print. Food tasted horrible. The best tasting item was the garlic bread appetizer. Will never ever ever go back there or recommend this restaurant. Save your money and enjoy the food in the restaurant next door. Owners are rude and management sucks.
  17. HG

    HoumanG

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent experience. Great Italian food, our server was very friendly and knowledgeable, reasonable prices, and very good wine selection. Definitely try their Bruschetta appetizer.
  18. H

    Hany

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Don’t go to this place! Food I has no flavor at all!! We paid. &300 + for a party of 7 for food that has no flavor!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was overpriced and not very good. There are many other Italian restaurants with better food and lower prices.
  20. N

    Naveen

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Decent food. A little overpriced for the quality level. Ambience is nice, especially for a spot in the suburbs.
  21. MG

    MarevaG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was good but not to crave for and overpriced for what you get. This was our first time and while, again, the food was good and the service as well, it is not worth the price! But good to try once.
  22. J

    Joeever22

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner.
  23. f

    foodie4life

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing and that made all the difference. The burrata appetizer was quite good as well.
  24. TN

    TomN

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal at Alta Strada! Very good, fresh food and terrific service.
  25. GC

    GinaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! We started with the meatballs and moved on to the 5 Lilies and Branzino. Desert consisted of gelato and the peach panna cotta. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes the chef prepared.
  26. RM

    RichM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. Good menu and food quality. No complaints.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It’s okay, nothing to write home about. Met my expectations for DMV Italian food.
  28. AB

    AprB

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fettuccini alfredo with chicken was delicious. We will be back.
  29. J

    jisforJoe

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place to enjoy happy hour. The service is always very friendly.
  30. A

    Allen

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good. The kitchen didn’t make sure thee was no dairy in the mussels. Server was excellent.
  31. X

    Xanadu6

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went on a Saturday night which is usually pretty busy in the Mosaic District, but they took reservations and had plenty of tables available. It was our first-time dining at Alta Strada. My husband and daughter stared off with the ALTA STRADA’S FAMOUS GARLIC BREAD Spicy Tomato Sauce and my son and I split a Mixed Greens Salad. We ordered the gluten free PENNE ALLA VODKA pasta with chicken, which had a spicy kick to it. The noodles were done perfectly! We also ordered GF FETTUCCINE Roasted Mushrooms, Truffle Crema, Parmigiano which was also delicious. My daughter ordered the MAINE MUSSELS “en BRODETTO” which she said were delightful and my husband had the TAGLIATELLE. We all ended up taking to go boxes because the portions were pretty big. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back.
  32. J

    jisforJoe

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and top-notch service. Will definitely come back for more.
  33. LA

    LisaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Atmosphere and service was great. I thought the food was average and overpriced. $14 for a glass of sangria was expensive for the size. Dessert was good but my ravioli was very salty
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was painfully slow even though the restaurant was less than 50% full. Was charged for a “free” Father’s Day beer. In no hurry to visit Alta Strada again.
  35. LP

    LaurenP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fathers Day
  36. J

    Julie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Service was a little slow, but we weren't in a hurry anyway
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Very good food atmosphere and service
  38. PB

    ParagB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little Overpriced, but the food was really good. I think charging 8$ for chicken to pasta is too much
  39. S

    Scott

    Richmond

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably excellent. The menu selection is always great, service on spot and one of the best wine lists around. Nice casual atmosphere
  40. M

    Mitch

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic Italian pastas done very well. Exemplary service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alta Strada Mosaic using the Order Online button. Alta Strada Mosaic also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 280-0000.

Alta Strada Mosaic is rated 4 stars by 970 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Alta Strada Mosaic

2911 District Avenue, Suite 150, Fairfax, VA 22031

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Strawberry Lane and District Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample free street and garage parking.

  • Public transit

    Dunn Loring-Merrifield Station is 1 mile away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-0000

  • Catering

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about catering please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

  • Private party facilities

    From celebratory dinners, to business meetings, or cocktail receptions, leave the event planning to Alta Strada. A dedicated staff will ensure your guests an event to remember. To learn more about events please email info@altastrada-mosaic.com.

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